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DIPLOMAT MAGAZINE “For diplomats, by diplomats” Reaching out the world from the European Union First diplomatic publication based in The Netherlands Founded by members of the diplomatic corps on June 19th, 2013. Diplomat Magazine is inspiring diplomats, civil servants and academics to contribute to a free flow of ideas through an extremely rich diplomatic life, full of exclusive events and cultural exchanges, as well as by exposing profound ideas and political debates in our printed and online editions.

By Roy Lie A Tjam.

In ancient times, diplomatic correspondence between the Egyptian pharaohs and kings in Assyria, Anatolia and Mesopotamia took place via clay tablets. In 1887, 350 of these clay tablets, referred to as the Amarna Letters, were unearthed in the ancient city of El-Amarna in Egypt. Communication in general has come a long way since the times of the Amarna Letters.

As of June 2013, communication within the diplomatic community in the Netherlands will be bolstered by the introduction of an online Diplomat Magazine.

As we approach the second half of 2013, which so far has been an inspiring year. Major events have taken place worldwide, from the election of Pope Francis in March, to Paris Saint-Germain winning the football championship in France, and the inauguration of former ICC judge Anthony Carmona SC as president of Trinidad and Tobago.

On the 19th of June 2013, another significant event will take place at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel in The Hague. The first ever electronic magazine for diplomats in the Netherlands will be launched by the Mayor of The Hague, the city of peace and justice, Mr. Jozias van Aartsen. The magazine will be known as the Diplomat Magazine.

The Diplomat Magazine is the brainchild of Dr. Eugenio Matos G, Minister Counselor at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic and a team of lawyers and diplomats in The Hague.

The magazine will be issued monthly with the objective of maximising effective communication and provoking intelligent discussion within the diplomatic and international community in the Netherlands. The Diplomat Magazine, as well as providing a plethora of useful information, will also be an excellent platform for diplomatic missions, international institutions and others to share information about their activities.

Bienvenue to the Diplomat Magazine, let’s all make our personal contribution to its success.


First co-founders of Diplomat Magazine in front of the Peace Palace.


Publisher Robert Buurke and Dr. Eugenio Matos G, Honorary Associate Publisher in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague.









The author is Associate Editor of Diplomat Magazine and a dedicated expat-international and diplomatic community chronicler in The Hague.

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